Real Love Submissions – Tips for Being Featured

I’m dying to see all of the fabulous engagement sessions, weddings, and styled shoots this city has to offer.  I thought it would be helpful to provide some more insight into what exactly it is that I’m looking for when it comes to these Real Love features.

Show me all of the ways you thought outside of the box.  What made your engagement or wedding different?  I love weddings that are a true reflection of the couple and their personalities so let me in on how your two styles were brought to life.  Maybe you DIY’d 90% of your wedding, or maybe you came up with a new spin on an old tradition.  Whatever they are, I want to hear all the ways that you made your session or big day unique and extra special.

Details, details, details
Anything from bridesmaids’ bouquets to your wedding shoes, the groom's pocket squares to his cufflinks, the aisle runner to ceremony programs, the seating card display to bar signs, the tablescape and centerpieces, the cake knives and the getaway car…I want to see images of all of these!  You spent lots and lots of time carefully planning all of these little nuances and how they would collectively create your perfect day.  It’s time to show them off!

Heartwarming stories
Have a great story about how you two met?  Is your proposal story one for the romance books?  Were you high school sweethearts who have been together for years, or did you meet and quickly know this was “the one”?  Tell me all about your relationship and how you made your way down the aisle to say “I Do!”

Ways of incorporating the city, its history, or its traditions
Being that this is a Pittsburgh wedding blog, I want to see how you paid homage to the Steel City on your big day.  It can be as simple as the infamous cookie table, or maybe the reception tables were “named” after your favorite city spots.  Did you take engagement or bridal party photos at any classic Pittsburgh locations, or perhaps you let Terrible Towels serve as your reception favors.  However you incorporated Pittsburgh into your big day, make sure to highlight it!

I do not require exclusivity, meaning it doesn't matter to me if your session has been featured on another wedding blog or in a magazine (i.e. Whirl).  Hey, if your wedding is worth showing off, the more eyes on it the better!

Bonus tip!
So what if your shoot or wedding didn't take place directly in the 412?  Submit it anyway!  Burgh brides who opted for destination weddings or Steel City expats who moved away but insisted on a cookie table for all their Pittsburgh relatives, I'm talking to you.  As long as it has some connection to the city or would appeal to other Burgh Brides, it's fair game.

All brides, grooms, photographers, wedding planners, or other wedding vendors are welcome to submit engagement sessions, weddings, or styled shoots.  Planners and other vendors, please be sure to obtain permission from the bride, groom, and photographer before submitting.  Only high quality, professional images, preferably without the watermark, can be used.

Please be thoughtful when filling out the form.  The more information you can provide, the better, so please fill out all areas that apply!  Your answers will be directly used in the feature so please compose it with this in mind.

I hope this guide is helpful.  Have a question about the Real Love series that I didn’t answer above?  Feel free to contact me.  Happy submitting! I can’t wait to see them!


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